I would actually give this hotel 3 1/2 stars. The hotel itself is lovely. Cool design concept, clean, and modern.
The main issues we had were:
1.) Endless ants. Everywhere. I get that it's a tropical climate and I might see an ant here or there. I didn't expect an infestation in my room.
2.) Stairs that were uncovered. When it rained, there were sections of the hotel where you actually had to walk through the rain (even on the stairs) to get back to your hotel room. I don't know whose idea it was to NOT put a roof over portions of the stairs, but I really don't see how it makes any sense.
3.) Location. Phuket in general is not really that enjoyable of a place in my opinion (I prefer Railay or one of the beautiful islands around the area for a cooler vibe). The location of this hotel, though, is so disadvantageous. Yes, because it's located on a steep hill so you DO get somewhat of a nice view, but if you plan to walk and not rent a scooter it's really tricky to walk up the hill to get back to your room. Not only because it's such a steep hill, but also because there is nothing that even resembles a sidewalk and the drivers aren't overly careful as they speed past you and miss you by just a few centimetres. It's uncomfortable and frankly a little scary.
4.) The housecleaners were SLOW and did not always give us new towels (when the others were clearly dirty) and did not re-stock our room appropriately.
5.) The power went off several times and we were given no indication (even after asking) of when we might expect electricity again. We weren't even assured that somebody was working on it to get it fixed. It got rather hot in our room.
6.) Perhaps somewhat unrelated to hotel, but the restaurant was terrible. The morning breakfast buffet was great, but we were disappointed when we ate dinner at the restaurant one night.
I recognize this review comes across as rather complain-y, but I do feel the need to point out the reasons I would give this hotel a score of 3 1/2 stars if I'm going to dock stars. Please note that 3 1/2 out of 5 is not bad. Everything else about this hotel is perfect. The bed is so comfortable and the rooms are lovely. The showers are amazing. The gym is fantastic. I would probably take a closer look at location if I ever decided to stay in Phuket again (I probably won't). If the issues I mentioned above aren't major concerns for you, you would LOVE this hotel. It really is modern, sleek, and cool.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Foto Hotel is a stylish design hotel at Kata Beach created from a deep passion for photography that will inspire and delight with striking modern design and cool contemporary interiors. Enter the monochrome world of our Kata hotel and relax at the rooftop Silhouette Pool and Playground with panoramic views over three stunning west coast beaches and savour the exotic flavours of Phuket at the poolside restaurant Tiffin Mama. Escape to the Bokeh Spa at this serene Phuket boutique hotel for a rejuvenating treatment and unwind in the supreme comfort of your private Hall with the latest technology gadgets and luxury amenities. Capture a unique view of the world at Foto Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Foto Hotel Phuket/Kata Beach